Maruti Ertiga is a huge hit in India. Bookings have already crossed 25,000 units since launch. This means over 800 Ertiga’s have been booked every day since launch. Currently the Ertiga is retailed via Maruti Suzuki Arena showrooms.
A more premium Maruti Ertiga Cross has now been rendered digitally. Called Maruti Ertiga Cross, it is a six-seater variant of the regular Ertiga along with some sporty design elements. While compared to the regular Ertiga, the Ertiga Cross is poised to be positioned as a premium offering.
The second generation Ertiga is relatively more premium than the outgoing model. Even though Maruti has increased the price (retails between INR 7.44 lakhs – INR 10.90 lakhs ex-showroom) for the MPV, it still offers a good value for money quotient. Due to the additional creature comfort features the Ertiga Cross will come packed with, it will be slotted over and above the current top-spec Ertiga.
Internal dimensions of the Ertiga Cross will mostly remain same as that of the regular Ertiga. However minor changes due to external cladding/design elements are expected. Seating configuration will change from the current 2-3-2 to a 2-2-2 setup, providing captain seats for all occupants. Additionally, Maruti might bump up the ground clearance to provide a sportier stance to the Ertiga Cross.
Though there is no visual clue available currently, the Ertiga Cross could get design inspiration from the Ertiga Sport concept which was displayed earlier this year. To make it look distinctive from the regular Ertiga, Maruti might add in a new set of alloy wheels as well.
Powertrain options are expected to remain same as the ones available on the second generation Ertiga. However, it might get the upcoming BS-VI compliant 1.5 litre diesel unit right from launch. Maruti is already testing the new motor and it will feature in the Ertiga and other larger cars at a later date.
As far as pricing is concerned, Maruti will be positioning the Ertiga Cross as a premium product and hence the price will be higher than the regular Ertiga. Once launched, the Ertiga Cross will compete with the likes of Mahindra Marazzo.